A facebook friend from the Needlepoint group, I saw Pat Wingate’s huge collection of Santas on-line and just knew readers would enjoy seeing this outstanding collection of Christmas St. Nicks. Pat is from Dallas and shops at several needlepoint stores including Creative Stitches (Dallas), Fancy Stitches (Cleburne), and The French Knot (Ft. Worth) where she has found helpful and nice employees at each shop. She gets inspirational ideas from each shop and occasionally takes classes at the Dallas and Cleburne shops.
Pat, a person who loves to learn new things, and her husband have had their own business for 36 years and have one son, 3 cats and 3 grand dogs. The family sells pre-owned luxury watches and vintage american pocket watches on the internet. Pat wrote,” We first started with a paper mail order catalog back in 1977 with pocket watches only. Our son does all of our photography, so I guess it’s all in the family.” Pat graduated from UT Dallas with a BS in Special Education and then went on to get a Masters in Special Education, Emotionally Disturbed at Texas Women’s University. After teaching 6 years, Pat retired after having her son.
Pat loves stitching Christmas stockings and is on her 23rd one! She did her first stocking in 1981 and has just kept on going. Pat has LOTS of favorite artist including Melissa Shirley, Rebecca Woods, Bird s of a Feather, Mile High Princess, and Maggie and Co. At home, her needlepoint nest is in her recliner next to her Dazor lamp, and she enjoys stitching with friends at Creative Stitches. Pat also reads, always having a good book in her car, on her phone, and next to her bed. She beads, making necklaces, scissors fobs, and other fun things for her friends.